Drugs warning issued after two collapse in city streets

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Police in Carlisle, UK have issued a warning after two men in their 30s collapsed after suspected drug use.

The men, from Carlisle, were admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary on Thursday after being taken ill.

It is believed that the drug they may have been taken is called Blue Valium. Their conditions are not thought to be life threatening.

Cumbria Police said the first report was received at 4pm when a 36-year-old man collapsed in English Street. The second incident was reported at 5.55pm when a 31-year-old man collapsed in Prescott Road. Both men suffered respiratory problems.

Chief Inspector Andy Wilkinson said: "We are urging all users to be wary of these two incidents that have occurred today in Carlisle.

"Our advice is not to take any illegal substances or so-called legal highs as the risks involved in consuming these can be life threatening.

"It is believed that both men admitted to hospital may have taken a drug called Blue Valium. If you are offered this drug or have it in your possession please do not consume it as it is very dangerous. You cannot be sure of what the drug contains and therefore could cause fatal consequences.

"Please, for your own safety, do not take any illegal drugs."

Mr Wilkinson added: "It is still early into our inquiries in identifying the source and we appeal for anyone with information on the supply of drugs to get in touch."

Anyone who has taken such a drug or is feeling unwell is urged to seek medical assistance and anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.